College of Arts and Letters — 2017 Senior Thesis Projects
Caelin Moriarity Miltko
•Supplementary Major: Irish Language and Literature
•Minor: Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy
•Adviser: Diarmuid Ó Giolláin
Language, Folklore, and Literature in Native America and Ireland
My thesis is a comparison of 19th-century folklore and contemporary poetry/language use in Irish, Navajo, and Cree. I explore the way that folklore has shaped perceptions of these groups and the way that language and folklore have been used to reclaim identity in recent years. I grew up in Montana and witnessed part of the language revival process on Native American reservations near my hometown. When I began studying Irish, I became aware of how large the issue of minority languages actually is, and I became intrigued by the ways that those movements intersect and diverge.